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Companies that control the world's food
24/7 Wall St. via USA Today
The agriculture and food production industry employed more than 1 billion people as of last year, or a third of the global workforce. While the industry is substantial, a relatively small number of companies wield an enormous amount of influence.
Birds Eye teams with Disney to promote veggies for kids
Business Wire via Digital Journal
Birds Eye® frozen vegetables and the Walt Disney Company® are teaming up to increase vegetable consumption among American children with the "Veggin' In LA With Laura Marano" sweepstakes.
Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes
The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to avoid the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration, which says it lacks enough information to vouch for the safety of many of these chemicals.
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GOP maintains positive Senate prospects
The Wall Street Journal
The Alaska GOP primary this week effectively marks the end of the competitive primary season, and then the focus will return to whether Republicans will take control of the Senate in December. Many analysts say the Republican Party's chance is slightly greater than 50 percent.
Poll: Re-election rating at 20-year low
Less than 20 percent of voters believe most members of Congress deserve re-election, on track for the lowest mark in at least two decades, a new poll says.
Is Al Franken vulnerable?
After winning by just 312 votes in 2008, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sought to keep his head down and shed his comedian persona. But as the one-time funny man heads into a re-election contest this year, Republicans are hoping there is one thing he can't shake: President Barack Obama's unpopularity.
White House meets with big biz on immigration
Senior White House officials are in talks with business leaders that could expand the executive actions President Barack Obama takes on immigration.
Will Whole Foods sell GMOs in 10 years?
The Motley Fool via Nasdaq
The definitions that enable a product to carry the USDA Organic seal could make for a food fight soon, one analyst claims.
Expert urges worldwide rethink on food supplies
Global food systems can no longer rely on "business as usual," according to an internationally renowned economist visiting The University of Queensland this week.
USDA seeks comments on possible revisions to beef grading standards
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking public input on possible revisions to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef to adjust for recent improvements and trends in animal raising and feeding.
Colorado's farm to school initiative taking root, but challenges abound
Supporters of Colorado's farm to school effort — now employed in 84 districts — say it provides fresher food to students while supporting local economies. But those involved in the effort say there are a number of obstacles keeping farm to school from becoming a sustainable and significant part of the school food program.
Taco Bell to introduce dollar menu nationwide
Taco Bell, mimicking a strategy used for years by McDonald's Corp., is introducing a dollar menu nationwide for the first time.
Related: Will new Taco Bell dollar deals chew up competition? (USA Today)
Blackstone said to be seeking sale of Burger King franchisee
Blackstone Group LP is seeking a buyer for Heartland Food Corp., the second-biggest owner of Burger King restaurants, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
Hillshire Brands scores with geo-targeting promotions in grocery stores
Like most CPG companies, Hillshire Brands is rapidly ramping up its digital strategy for engaging shoppers and consumers more thoroughly, no matter where they deploy their bits and bytes.
Dollar General makes $9.7 billion counterbid for Family Dollar
Dollar General Corp. offered $9.7 billion for Family Dollar Stores Inc., setting off a bidding war for a company that had agreed to an $8.5 billion takeover by Dollar Tree Inc. last month.
IRI: Premium-brand products primed to perform
The latest IRI research shows 15 percent of consumers say they will be increasing usage of natural, organic, specialty and other premium–tier products in the next 12 months.
Researchers discover substance that may help in fight against Listeria
University of Wyoming researchers have discovered a substance that greatly increases the survival of Listeria monocytogenes. Researchers hope the discovery will lead to the development of techniques to better combat the pathogen and to improve food safety.
Food industry striving to define 'beef sustainability'
Archita Datta Majumdar
At the onset of 2014, fast food giant McDonald's announced that by 2016 it will purchase verified sustainable beef only. This is not a sudden gesture since the company has been engaged in talks since 2009 with the World Wildlife Fund to make a difference and contribute to environmental and animal welfare. But the definitive announcement has taken the food industry by storm, particularly because there is still a lack of awareness and knowledge surrounding beef sustainability.
Smartcool tests diesel efficiency system for trucking refrigeration
Vancouver energy efficiency specialists Smartcool Systems Inc. recently wrapped up a beta testing initiative with a Florida-based food distribution firm, studying the impact of Smartcool technology on compressor optimization in refrigerated trucking.
US farmers fighting poisonous wheat fungus
Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. But this year, Wiechert is doing big business after harvest: cleaning fungus off wheat so farmers can sell it.
US farmers up to their ears in corn
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Months of wet weather have fueled expectations for a corn crop so large that mounds of the grain will be a common sight across the Midwest after the harvest, which starts next month.
Processed meat : What is the new Euromonitor data telling us?
Global Meat News
Processed meat is continuing to see a steady performance in 2014, growing at a rate of 3 percent in volume terms, which is above the review period (2009-2014) compound annual growth rate of 2 percent.
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